University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Athropology


Author: Nicholas Hartmann

Atlantis Lost and Found

The Ancient Aegean from Politics to Volcanoes

By: Nicholas Hartmann

In addressing the topic of “Atlantis”, which over the years has become a catch-all term for a number of wildly unrelated ideas, my purpose is to sort out fact from fantasy. Let us begin with facts. The word Atlantis and some of the ideas surrounding it originated in the writings of Plato (428-347 B.C.; Fig. […]


The Fallout from the Thera Eruption

By: Nicholas Hartmann

The effects of the Thera eruption on the island itself were devastating. Estimates of the amount of volcanic material (tephra) ejected during the eruption range from 3 to 28 cubic kilometers. Much of this volume fell back directly onto the island, burying parts of it under 30 meters of debris. Thera would also have suffered […]